George P. Karatzas
Professor, Soil pollution and remediation 
Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory
Division III: Environmental Hydraulics and Geoenvironmental Engineering
Dean of the School of Environmental Engineering

Extended CV (pdf)


  • Office: K1.111
  • Tel.: +30 28210 37792 FAX: +30 28210 37846
  • Email:karatzas<at>

  • Office Hours: Daily 9:00 - 15:00


  • 1994: Post-doc in Research Center for Groundwater Remediation Design), University of Vermont, USA
  • 1992: Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rutgers University, USA
  • 1987: M.Sc., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rutgers University, USA
  • 1985: B.Sc., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rutgers University, USA
  • 1982: Degree in Forestry and Natural Environment, Aristotle Univesity of Thessaloniki.

Research Interests

Conducting research in the following research areas:

  • Water resources
  • Groundwater flow and transport of pollutants
  • Underground hydraulics - Drilling
  •  Simulation models for groundwater flow and pollutant transport
  • Combination of optimization methods and simulation models for the optimal design of groundwater management plans (qualitative and quantitative).
  • Seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers. Karstic aquifers
  • Application of Neural Networks and genetic algorithms in groundwater management problems
  • Simulation models for surface flow. Modeling of flooding events and assessment of flood damage

Participation in Research Programs and Projects

  • Principal Investigator: ERMIS-F: Web services for environmental risk– Floods.  Funding: Interreg V-A Greece - Cyprus,  2017-2020, 275.000 €.
  • Principal Investigator: Multi-objective Optimization of Cosolvent Flushing of NAPLs from Contaminated Groundwater.Funding: General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs of Greece, Bilateral R & T Cooperation between Greece-Turkey 2013-2014, National Action “ Bilateral, Multilateral and Regional R & T Partnerships”, 2013-2015, 26.200 €.
  • Co-Investigator: RECARE: Preventing and Remediating degradation of soils in Europe through Land Care. (Coordinator I. Tsanis). Work programme topics addressed: ENV.2013.6.2-4 – FP7-ENV-2013-two-stage (2013-2017).
  • Co-Investigator: High Frequency Monitoring System for Integrated Water Reosurces Management of Rivers (Cordinator N. Nikolaidis) Funding: Hellenic Republic Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religioy Affairs: “THALIS”, European Union, NSRF 2007-2013, (2011-2014), 600.000€.
  • Co-Investigator: Advanced Mathematical Methods and Software Platform for Solving Multi-Physics, Multi-Domain Problems on Modern Computer Architectures: Application to Environmental Engineering and Medical Problems (Cordinator Y. Saridakis) Founding: Hellenic Republic Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religioy Affairs: “THALIS”, European Union, NSRF 2007-2013, (2011-2014), 600.000€.

Distinctions and Awards

  • 2014: Outstanding Teaching Award 2014, Technical University of Crete                                  
  • 2012 – 2014: Ministry of Education, Italy - Member of the National Committtee for the evaluation of Associate and Full Professors in the fields of Hydraulics -Hydrology and Hydraulics and Marine Works. 08/A1 – IDRAULICA, IDROLOGIA, COSTRUZIONI IDRAULICHE E MARITTIME
  • 2003–today: Recognision and adoption of the optimization method: «Outer Approximation Method» by FRTR (Federal Remediation Technologies Roundtable) which includes the following services of the US: U.S Department of Defence, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration).
  • 2003-today: Member of the Hydrological Sciences Committee, Sub-Division on Groundwater, European Geosciences Union (EGU).
  • 1999: Recognition and adoption of optimization algorithm for the optimal design of groundwater management plans from EPA –USA, EPA/542/R-99/011B, ‘Hydraulic Optimization Demonstration for Groundwater Pump-and-Treat Systems, Volume II: Application of Hydraulic Optimization’, Dec. 1999.

Recent Publications

  • Siaka M., Z. Dokou and G.P. Karatzas, “Management of the saltwater intrusion phenomenon in the alluvial aquifer of Katapola, Amorgos, Greece”, Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, Vol. 18(3), 936-949, 2018.
  • Varouchakis, E.A., G.A Corzo, G.P. Karatzas, and A. Koutsopoulou, “Spatio-temporal analysis of annual rainfall in Crete, Greece”, Acta Geophysica, in press, 2018.
  • Morianou G.G., N.N. Kourgialas, G.P. Karatzas, and N.P. Nikolaidis, “Assesing hydro-morphological changes in Mediterranean stream using curvilinear grid modeling approach – climate change impacts”, Earth Science Informatics, Vol. 11(2), 205-2016, 2018.
  • Tzoraki O, Z. Dokou, G. Christodoulou, P. Gaganis,  and G.P Karatzas, “Assessing the efficiency of a coastal Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) system in Cyprus”, Science of the Total Environment, ,Vol. 626, 875-886, 2018.
  • Kourgialas N.N, I. Anyfanti, G.P Karatzas, and Z. Dokou, “An integrated method for assessing drought prone areas - Water efficiency practices for a climate resilient Mediterranean agriculture”, Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 625, 1290-1300, 2018.
  • Kourgialas N.N, G.P Karatzas, Z. Dokou, and A. Kokorogiannis, “Groundwater footprint methodology as policy tool for balancing water needs (agriculture & tourism) in water scarce islands – The case of Greece, Crete”, Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 615, 381-389, 2018.
  • Pappa A., Z. Dokou, and G.P. Karatzas, “Saltwater intrusion management using the SWI2 model: application in the coastal aquifer of Hersonissos, Crete, Greece”, Desalination and Water Treatment, Vol. 99, 49-58, 2017.
  • Goumas C., Z. Dokou, G.G. Morianou, N.N. Kourgialas and G.P. Karatzas, “Using groundwater flow simulation of the Chania Plain area to propose a proper irrigation plan”, European Water, Vol. 57, 467-473, 2017.
  • Theodoridou P.G., E.A Varouchakis, and G.P Karatzas, “Spatial analysis of groundwater levels using fuzzy logic and geostatistical tools” Journal of Hydrology, Vol. 55, 242-252, 2017.
  • Kanakoudis V. and G.P. Karatzas, “Efficient and sustainable water systems management toward worth living development”, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Vol. 24(25), 20119-20121, 2017.

Ph.D. Candidates

  • Konstantina Kavouri
  • Yasemi Morianou
  • Panagiota Theodoridou